Today, Amazon introduced Echo Show, a new device that brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. We are also excited to announce that we are adding new capabilities to the Alexa Skills Kit that will enable you to optimize your skills for the screen and connect smart home cameras to Alexa.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella declared that “bots are the new apps" at the Microsoft Build developer conference in March 2016.
Little over a year later, at the latest annual Build taking place this week in Seattle, Microsoft renewed its commitment to bots, leveraging advances in artificial intelligence and built around Nadella’s vision of conversation as a platform.
Along with the Echo Show launch, Amazon also announced Alexa Calling, free voice calls and messaging services that you use through all Echo devices (not just the Show), as well as for users of the Alexa app for smartphones.
Howdy, the folks behind Botkit Studio launched a new integration between Botkit Studio and Microsoft LUIS. With this integration enabled, developers can seamlessly use LUIS’ natural language processing service in their bot and in the bot building tools provided by Botkit.
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Cisco announced that it is buying MindMeld for $125 million. Founded in 2011, MindMeld helps businesses to build conversational interfaces with cloud-based services.
MindMeld, originally called Expect Labs, was launched on the stage of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012. At that time the startup wanted to build an iPad app that could listen in on your conversations and provide relevant contextual information. Since then the company has expanded its offerings to include a suite of APIs for parsing, reasoning about and generating language.